The roles that angels played in the Christmas story is significant, which is why we enthusiastically sing “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Angels in the Realms of Glory” during the Christmas season. We love the appearance of God’s messengers in the Nativity for how they illuminate the Christmas story and add a bit of mystery to the manger.

For example, an unnamed angel appeared to Joseph in a dream three separate times (Matthew 1:20, 2:13, 19-20). Each time, the messenger from heaven helped Joseph navigate his way through difficult, sometimes dangerous, circumstances.

Have you been touched by an angel? Christmas angels comforted fears, protected Mary and Joseph, heralded peace on earth, taught us to rejoice, modeled praise, delivered good news, and pointed us to Jesus.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG